The First of 10 Days Starts Now

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 1 .

We all face challenges in life. Some we create for ourselves, and some are thrust upon us. Mine are like many – a combination of both.

Rather than give you a laundry list of those challenges, I’ll limit it to the following:

The loss of career and livelihood due to a sudden hemorrhagic stroke. This was an incredibly tough realization after leaving the hospital; not only could I no longer teach scuba diving, but everything that I have ever professionally trained to do was no longer available to me (more on that in a moment) as a backup.

So what do you do when faced with such a development? You have to go back to basics – finding out what is left to you that you can do, and honing in and developing (and in my case, redeveloping) the talents that you may have allowed to lie fallow in favor of other pursuits. For me, that meant going back in my mind to University and pursuing the field I had originally trained in…being a writer, editor, and journalist.

Inability to be physically active as before. A souvenir that I took home with me as a stroke survivor was the loss of control and movement on the right side of my body. The $.25  Latin word that describes this is hemiparesis. It’s not total paralysis, but it will do.

The world, I soon found, is designed for people with two functional hands and arms. It just doesn’t think you’re productive without them.

How to get around this limitation? All jokes aside, you learn to type with one good hand. The other solution if speed is of the essence is to utilize verbal dictation software (but be sure to edit ruthlessly because the transcription may not be perfect).

So what to take away from this?

For every difficulty and perceived barrier, there may be a way around, over, under, but definitely through to the other side – which is where you want to be.

I work on it every day. So can you.





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